Ios Island Guide

Ios Island Overview

If you’ve heard of Ios at all, it’s probably the small Cycladic island’s reputation as a party destination for those seeking a cheaper and – let’s be honest – more pleasant alternative to Mykonos.

While it’s true that many young revellers descend on the island in peak season, particularly to the main beach resort of Mylopotas, this shouldn’t put you off visiting Ios as it’s a big island with something to offer everyone and the nightlife is fairly self-contained. Ios has a number of excellent beaches, making it an ideal destination for anyone looking for a Greek island to relax and unwind on.

The interactive map below shows some of our favourite hotels, restaurants, beaches and places of interest on Ios. Click the markers to see more details.

Ios Highlights

Unlike Mykonos, the entire island remains unspoiled and traditional, with some wonderful sandy beaches dotted around the coastline and plenty of decent restaurants to choose from. The party atmosphere is mostly limited to the south end of Mylopotas beach at the FarOut Beach Club, then into Chora where a good selection of bars can be found down the small Cycladic streets. But even here the nightlife is not overwhelming.

Ios Chora at sunset

On our first visit in 2017, we spent just two nights on the island and barely scratched the surface, spending most of our time in Mylopotas with a single day hiring a quad bike and seeing Homer’s Tomb to the northeast.

In 2021, we returned and this time stayed for 6 nights, giving us ample time to see all of the main beaches plus the few sights that the island has to offer.

Videos of Ios

Check out our video of Ios recorded summer of 2021:

Getting to Ios

Ios is situated on a popular ferry route between Naxos and Santorini, making it easily accessible over the summer tourist season. The port is situated close to Chora in a small resort called Ormos. While it might seem tempting to walk to Chora, the ascent is quite steep so if you’re travelling with luggage it’s preferable to take the local bus to your accommodation than attempt it on foot.

We first visited in 2017 and found a bus waiting for the ferry on arrival. It only took 10 minutes to reach the nearby resort of Mylopotas where the bulk of accommodation is located.

Ios Hotel Reviews

Manthos Place, Mylopotas, Ios

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Review Rating: 3/5 Date of Visit: August 2021 For my second visit to Ios, I returned to my favourite resort of Mylopotas for a 6-night stay. Having enjoyed the location…

Holidays Inn Ios, Mylopotas Beach, Ios

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Review Rating: 4/5 Date of Visit: August 2017 I took a gamble coming to Ios not really knowing what to expect. This was my sixth hotel stay as part of…

Ios Blog Posts

Day 58: Ios Last Full Day

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Wednesday 1st September 2021 An Easy Last Day Though I could have made an effort to explore the northern part of Ios, there isn’t a whole lot there to see…

Day 57: Ios Psathi Beach and Palaiokastro

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Tuesday 31st August 2021 Another Day, Another Beach Continuing my exploration of Ios today, I planned to visit another beach on the east side of the island. This time, I…

Day 56: Ios Chill Day

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Monday 30th August 2021 A day off Sightseeing With two full days still left on Ios, I decided to have a break from exploring the island and take a more…

Day 55: Ios Agia Theodoti Beach

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Sunday 29th August 2021 Back to Tasty Breakfasts Despite enjoying my homemade breakfasts on Naxos, it’s been a while since I’ve had a good morning meal like the ones I’d…

Day 54: Exploring South Ios Magganari Beach

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Saturday 28th August 2021 Breakfast and Moving Rooms Breakfast wasn’t included in my room rate at Manthos Place, but I had found out yesterday that they do offer food at…

Day 53: Naxos to Ios

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Friday 27th August 2021 Moving on Again After five very pleasant, if rather uneventful, days on Naxos, it was time to move on once again. My next stop was Ios:…

Day 11: Ios

During the previous evening, Anya and Erin had mentioned they were planning on hiring a quad bike to explore the island a bit and said I was welcome to come…

Day 10: Paros to Ios

I woke up fairly early, feeling well rested and ready for another travel day, this time heading to the party island of Ios! I must admit to being slightly apprehensive…